Sylvia's School of Dance

Sylvia's School of Dance



Sylvia MacDonald

Sylvia has been sharing her love of dance with hundreds of students for more than 40 years.  She began dancing at age seven at the Wallace School of Dance where she was also an assistant teacher for many years.  After graduating from the Dance Educators of America Teacher's Training School in New York, N.Y., Sylvia began studying with tap legend, Beverly Fletcher of Niagara Falls.  Sylvia traveled to Dance Masters conventions in New York, Boston, Miami and New Orleans as assistant to Ms. Fletcher and was a member of her Jazz/Tap company, AmDance.  She has attended many national conventions and workshops to further her dance knowledge, including Gus Giordano's Jazz World Congress, the Dance Teacher's Summit in New York, New York and most recently, the Dancelife Retreat Center in  Boston, Mass with world renowned Ballet masters, Bruce Marks, Roni Mahler and Eileen Juric.   Sylvia continues  to study tap  with  Barbara Denny in Lancaster, NY.

Maren Pochatko

Maren started dancing at the age of three. She has received all of her training at Sylvia's as well as taking workshops with master teachers at Miss Bev's School of Dance and working with tap great, Barbara Denny. She has taken multiple hip hop workshops with Tony Bellissimo(So You Think You Can Dance) and the Spellman Sisters(seen on The Ellen Show). She has attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City and learned from renowned teachers such as Mandy Moore, Gregg Russell, Mike Miniery, Denise Wall, Mia Michaels, Anthony Morigerato and Bob Rizzo. Maren was an All-American swimmer in high school and graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Communications. While at Geneseo she was a member and captain of the Blue Wave swim team. Maren also has a Master's Degree in Sport Administration from Canisius College. In addition to teaching, Maren has been an assistant swim coach for Canisius College as well as for club teams in the area. She began teaching her own classes at the studio in 2004 as a senior in high school and implemented the hip hop and lyrical programs at the studio. She now handles a variety of classes and age groups at Sylvia's and works to provide her students with as many opportunities to become better dancers as she can.  She is also the director and head choreographer of the Disney Dance Team. Maren is also certified in Group Fitness Instruction through NETA and is a certified personal trainer through ISSA, teaching classes and training clients in her free time at BikeorBar in Buffalo. With this background, she tries to incorporate aspects of athleticism, hard work, and fun into all of her classes.






Assistant Teachers


 The dance education of our students is of the utmost importance to us. We have a number of qualified dancers at our studio who assist us in class during the year. Our assistant teachers are chosen based on a number of criteria including their attendance, dance knowledge, leadership, enthusiasm, work ethic, and responsibility. This ensures that your dancer will receive the best assistance and adequate attention with their dance training.


Sylvia's School of Dance  •  33 Pine St  •  Lockport  •  New York  •  14094  •  716-433-6932

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